Muncie Mystery

🔎 It’s a Muncie Mystery at First Thursday! 🔍

Do you have the brains, heart, and courage to solve the Muncie Mystery?!

Who? Investigators of all ages!
What? A true Muncie Mystery!
When? May 6, between 5 and 6:30 pm
Why? Have fun and explore local businesses!
How? Download a tracker or pick one up during First Thursday, solve the crime, and enter to win!


A crime – pretend crime, of course – has been committed and we need YOUR help finding the culprit and the “weapon” used.

Join fellow citizen CSI: Emerald City investigators for the second Muncie Mystery during First Thursday on May 6 in downtown Muncie.

According to reports, a break-in has occurred at the Wizard of Oz’s secret Muncie laboratory in the “Emerald City” neighborhood. The suspect, despite several warnings to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, entered the restricted area. The Wizard confronted the suspect and suffered a blow to his noggin but has not been able to identify the perpetrator.

Six primary suspects – Wicked Witch of West, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and The Mayor of Munchkinland – were spotted near the scene at the time of the crime. And, lucky for our eagle-eyed investigators, several pieces of evidence were left behind.

Between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, investigators of all ages are invited to visit 10 participating downtown businesses. At each location, you will have the chance to question suspects about their whereabouts during the time of the break in and look at crime lab reports on several possible “weapons.”

Participating businesses are YWCA, Aspect 6, Kirk’s Bike Shop, Inland Design, Vahalla (21+), IVY Tech (Fisher Building), Twin Archer, Mama Bonds and The Fickle Peach (21+).

Download a Crime Tracker or pick one up during First Thursday at Canan Commons or Dave’s Alley.

Crime Trackers must be turned in at Canan Commons by 6:30 p.m. The guilty party and facts about the case will be revealed at Canan Commons at 7.

Investigators will also be able to enjoy tethered hot air balloon “rides” and meet a Horse of a Different Color at Canan Commons during the event.

Investigators who correctly identify the criminal and weapon will be entered into a drawing for great prizes, including 2 Family Pack Tickets to the Wizard of Oz at Canan Commons; a DWNTWN Gift Pack; a one year membership at The Muncie Children’s Museum; a gift card from Twin Archer; a Muncie Map Co. Graphic Map pillow; 4 reserved tickets to the Ball State football home opener on Sept. 2 against Western Illinois, and an overnight stay at The Courtyard Marriott in downtown Muncie.

You must be present to win.

Muncie Mystery is presented by Downtown Muncie, Muncie Civic Theatre, Indiana Public Radio, Ball State PBS, Ball State Office of Community Engagement and Muncie Neighborhoods.